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The Genre of Islands: Popular Fiction and Performative Geographies


Crane, R and Fletcher, L, The Genre of Islands: Popular Fiction and Performative Geographies, Island Studies Journal, 11, (2) pp. 637-650. ISSN 1715-2593 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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To date, studies of the contribution literature makes to ideas about islands have concentrated on "high" literature. This has left unexamined the largest proportion of literature featuring islands. If one of the goals of island studies is to interrogate prevailing ideas about "islandness," then the islands that crowd the storyworlds of popular genres merit close attention. This article focuses on popular fiction to advocate "performative geographies" as a key concept for island studies of literature, and indeed other domains of culture. Popular genres are undeniably sources of distraction and entertainment for billions of readers. However, they are also systems of meaning, which have an immeasurable impact on our geographical awareness and imagination. This article uses critical snapshots of Anglophone island-set crime fiction and popular romance fiction to show the meta-geographical potential of popular novels as they both depict and reflect on islands as performative geographies, or spaces that make and unmake individual and social identities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:crime fiction, islands, popular fiction, popular romance fiction, performative geographies, setting
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Popular and genre literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Crane, R (Professor Ralph Crane)
UTAS Author:Fletcher, L (Professor Lisa Fletcher)
ID Code:111387
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-09-09
Last Modified:2017-10-30
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